Area man ran an illegal gas station, firefighters say

A man in Nevada is accused of running a homemade gas station in a backyard. Read the rest

Twitter to add “conversation participants” setting to limit who can reply to your tweets

“Getting ratio’d, getting dunked on, the dynamics that happen that we think aren’t as healthy are definitely part of... our thinking about this.”

Brazil's fascist Bolsonaro Facebooks himself watching Trump's Iran speech

This is the future, I guess. Read the rest

Pizza-making robot startup lays off 80% of staff

Softbank-funded unicorn Zume ran out of dough

This 2TB USB 3.0 portable Seagate drive is perfect for backups

I am backing up to this Seagate 2TB portable disk.

I last backed up my laptop a little over 8 months ago. I thought I would get back to my usual storage device, a Drobo 5N2, however, I have not visited my brother in a few months. I left the Drobo to serve as his Plex media server until I have a living room again.

Living la vida #vanlife!

As I frequently work from the road I was suddenly overcome with a need to backup my laptop. The Seagate is fast and fairly quiet. The drive is small and light enough to be a nearly unnoticeable addition to my bag.

Seagate Portable 2TB External Hard Drive Portable HDD – USB 3.0 for PC Laptop and Mac (STGX2000400) via Amazon

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Gorilla, 3, gets treated for cataract (VIDEO)

At UC San Diego, a group of experts came together to try and preserve the eyesight of 3-year-old gorilla who lives at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Read the rest

Students build pyramid from 27,434 toilet paper rolls (VIDEO)

A group of high school students in Michigan made good use of their holiday break: they built a toilet paper pyramid. Read the rest

Remembering Laundroid and other robotics companies that died in 2019

Robotics is tough business. “If you think 2018 was a tough year for robotics companies, 2019 wasn’t any better,” writes Peter Singer. Read the rest

Iraq: Chevron evacuates staff from Kurdistan oil site, will Russia's Rosneft benefit?

Chevron said Monday it has evacuated all expatriate oil workers from Iraq, following last week's Trump airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. Read the rest

As gas tax revenues drop, states like Utah want EVs to pay for road upkeep

“Gas taxes pay for the upkeep of our roads, but electric cars don't use gasoline,” Jonathan Gitlin writes at Ars Technica. Read the rest

Man videos postal worker abusing box full of delicate computer components

Nick Verzilli is surely furious: he muted the audio on the video he recorded of a USPS driver abusing his 40lb package of fancy computer bits. Read the rest

Former Google exec says he was pushed out after he lobbied for human rights program

Ross LaJeunesse left Google last April after he advocated within the company for years for a human rights program that formalize free speech and privacy principles. Read the rest

Google 'disabling Xiaomi integrations on our devices' after Nest Hub user picked up random pics from strangers' feeds

“Among the eight or so examples initially provided to Reddit are a handful of disturbingly clear images showing a sleeping baby, a security camera's view of an enclosed porch, and a man seemingly asleep in a chair.” Read the rest

Robot Reindeer Happy Holidays

A classic robotics video from Boston Dynamics in 2015.

Think of how much more developed the robots are now!

Yikes.

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US Navy bans TikTok from government-issued mobile devices as 'cybersecurity threat'

The US Navy has issued a policy banning the social media app TikTok from government-issued mobile devices, saying the China-owned video messaging service is a “cybersecurity threat.” Read the rest

ToTok is a UAE spying tool, say US officials. Delete it now.

Google and Apple remove app

Roomba screams when it bumps into stuff [UNMUTE]

Roomba: [AUGHHHHHHH!!!!] Read the rest

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